What is it?
Mindfulness for Health is a free 8 week course which has been developed to help people living with the effects of physical health conditions.
This course teaches simple mindfulness meditation practices which you can build into daily life, to help you to manage and live with your health condition and reduce problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood and pain. The course is taught in a small group by NHS Professionals who are trained and experienced mindfulness teachers.
Who is it suitable for?
The course is suitable for people with a physical health condition, including those with pain, fatigue or reduced mobility. To benefit fully, it is important that you are able to attend the 8 sessions and complete the home practice tasks.
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What can I expect from these sessions?
The 8 weekly sessions will give you a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation so that you can explore its benefits for your own physical and mental well-being. You will receive a course handbook and access to audio recordings of mindfulness exercises to support your learning and home practice.
Venues are chosen to be as accessible as possible for people with reduced mobility, including accessible toilet facilities. We will always do our best to adapt the course to meet the needs of everyone who is taking part (for example, we can arrange more frequent breaks or modify movement exercises).
What does each session involve?
The course teaches mindfulness through simple meditation practices. Each session will introduce one or two new practices. Time will be given for the group to discuss their experience of the exercises and to explore ways of building mindfulness into everyday life. Participants can chose to listen rather than take part in the discussion if they prefer. Each weekly session lasts for 2.5 hours, with regular breaks.
Home practice is an important part of the course and you will be invited to repeat exercises at home on most days throughout the eight weeks. You will need to commit 20-40 minutes per day for home practice to benefit fully from the course.
The following mindfulness exercises will be explored:
Paying attention to the sensations we notice in all the different parts of the body in turn. This is usually done lying down, but can also be done sitting or standing.
We introduce a variety of gentle movements and stretches which can be done in lying, sitting or standing positions. The emphasis is on noticing how our body feels as it moves, although the gentle movement can also help to reduce stiffness and muscle tension.
Paying attention to a particular focus such as the breath or sounds. We try to notice whenever our mind wanders away and gently bring our attention back as often as we need to.
We bring attention to what we are doing right now in an everyday activity (such as walking, making a drink or eating) bringing our attention back whenever we notice that it has wandered.
How will this help me?
Through mindfulness exercises, we can learn to tune in to how our body really feels, which can help us to know more clearly what it needs. We can also learn how to relate to uncomfortable sensations, such as pain or other health symptoms, in a new way so that they cause us less distress.
Mindfulness also helps us to notice our thinking and how this affects our emotions, our behaviour and our health symptoms. With practice, we can learn how to let go of unhelpful thinking and develop new ways of looking after ourselves.
For more Information about this course, download the Mindfulness for Health Information Pack.
Clinical trials show that regular Mindfulness meditation is linked with:
Reduced anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and irritability
Reduced experience of pain
Improved immune system function and reduced inflammation
Improved heart and circulatory health through reducing blood pressure and the risk of hypertension
Improved control of blood sugar in type II diabetes
Improved skin clearing rates in psoriasis
How do I access?
Our next available Mindfulness for Health course is scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday 10th January 2018 – 9:30-11:30am at St George’s Community Health Centre
Please contact us on 0114 271 6568 to book your free place.
Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book your free place call us on:
0114 271 6568